KCRW's Martini Shot
By Rob Long, KCRW.com
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Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares his behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life on "Martini Shot." A contributing editor for the National Review and Newsweek International, he was a co-executive producer of "Cheers" while still in his 20s and is the co-creator of a string of (cancelled) sitcoms: "George & Leo," "Men, Women & Dogs," etc. Rob is also the author of "Conversations With My Agent," the cult classic about real life in Hollywood, as well as its recently published sequel, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke."
||Stealing Material||With no original material, Rob does everybody else does: he steals from Twitter.||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turn Left Now||Getting ordered around town by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns out to know the very best traffic shortcuts.||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Olive Garden||Every entertainment executive should work at the Olive Garden for a day. Not exactly, but close.||7/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Open the Gates||Trying to do the impossible: to enter the gates of a studio and park for a meeting when it's the wrong studio and still maintain a small amount of personal dignity.||7/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Linkly Tied||What happens in Rob's brain when a pitch meeting goes well, which is that it stops working and says strange, nonsensical things.||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forgot to Laugh||Wading into the recent controversy about what Jerry Seinfeld said about college kids. That they're insufferable killjoys.||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||You've Got Nothing||Explaining why a movie won't work at the box office, right after it hasn't worked at the box office.||6/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Button||Using Evernote to prove that the entertainment business is about to get very crazy and very good, especially for writers. This is not a scientific conclusion.||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Who Did What||Breaking the tribal rule that binds all Hollywood writers together, Rob gives credit to a development executive.||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leather Jacket||Rob takes a story with the worst and most dysfunctional moral ever, then kind of twists it so it comes out okay.||5/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Change This||Sometimes when the star makes a demand you give in, sometimes you don?t.||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Twitter Horror||Belated advice to Trevor Noah, and anyone else who suddenly goes from Internet famous to actually famous.||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Furiouser and Furiouser||Furious Seven, Coca-Cola, and how hard it is to change people's favorite things just enough.||4/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stealing||The big difference between sampling ? where music producers reuse someone else's hook and borrowing, which is what comedy writers do to each others' material.||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Machine that Spins||Rob solves the problem of television network programming||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Digital Watch||the Apple Watch, the DeLorean of watches.||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Uber but for Meerkat||Meerkat is the latest amazingly disruptive and revolutionary app that manages to, basically, recreate 1950's live television.||4/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Liberation Theory||The last place that might believe the characters from the show Friends could afford that apartment -- North Korea.||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Can I Get You?||Next time Rob heads into in a pitch meeting and someone asks if they can get him something to drink, he's going to say yes.||3/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Need an Ending||What you do when you suddenly wonder what your life is all about. You do what studios do when they're making an expensive movie and they don't like the ending. They stop production and figure it out.||3/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let's Get Entrepreneurial||The new and exciting directions the entertainment business is going in ? a more disruptive and entrepreneurial way of doing business. And all of those words mean only one thing: the writer's not getting paid.||3/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||You're Fired||Getting fired, firing someone, and Rob's personal choice, just passive-aggressively ignoring them until they stop appearing in his line of sight.||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||On Fleek||Rob's totally on fleek. And if you have to ask what that means, don't bother. No one will be saying it in a week or so.||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Play One on TV||Sometimes really excellent actors have a hard time knowing the difference between things that happened to them in real life and on screen. News anchors, too. Not unrelated.||2/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Botoxing History||What the producers of the movie Selma do to historical fact as "giving history a little face lift and tummy tuck."||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Funniest look at Hollywood I've heard in a long time
Rob Long almost always hits the bullseye in his take on life in "the business." I only wish this was a daily podcast so I could hear it more often.
I want more, come on!
I really do, I love this pod cast. I grew up in this business if you will, and I am endlessly ammused with Rob's take and description of all of the meeting, the gifts or lack of, the hidden messages masked here and there. I am waiting for the next with wild anticipation.
Interesting, short, and funny - the stories, I mean
Count on Rob Long to deliver some very interesting and funny short stories about what life is like as a writer in Hollywood. R U Listening?